Russell 2K Closes At All Time High July 2013 After Bernanke Speaks Accommodatively

The recent rally in stocks has had many haters and new ones will be coming to the fore shortly.  The ‘most hated’ rally in history moved up another leg today after Ben Bernanke’s speech yesterday clarified which way the Fed will be headed.  The two most major initiatives of the FOMC are to monitor inflation[…]

Economic Data Disappoints, Stagflation Concerns Rise

Economic Data Disappoints, Stagflation Concerns Rise: A bad week for economic data. This week’s economic data has increased concerns that the economic recession never ended and may get worse.  A combination of slow economic growth and rising inflation could continue for a few quarters and the Fed has stated they will keep interest rates low[…]

Consumer Spending Down In May: Economy Impacted by Gas Prices- Inflation

Consumer Spending Down In May: Economy Impacted by Gas Prices- Inflation: Think Gas Prices & Inflation Don’t Effect Consumer Behavior? Really? Thought the economy could expand during an economic recession with high gas prices? Wrong. The anecdotal evidence is now a bit more factual with data showing high gas prices have negatively impacted consumer spending[…]

World: China’s First Quarter 2011 GDP Rises 9.7 Percent

World: China’s First Quarter 2011 GDP Rises 9.7 Percent: China’s GDP rises 9.7 percent in the first quarter 2011 from a year earlier.  China is still growing and they are also experiencing the possibility of some continued price inflation.  The country’s National Bureau of Statistics reported that consumer price inflation increased by 5.4 percent which[…]

Markets React To Japan Nuclear News, Negative U.S. Economic Data – Volatility Spikes

Markets React To Japan Nuclear News. Volatility Rises. The crisis in Japan caused by the earthquake which was originally believed to be 8.9 in magnitude but was revised upward to 9.0 and the ensuing tsunami has negatively impacted trading.  This week, the events unfolding in Japan concerning their nuclear reactors has caused market participants to[…]

Middle East, North Africa Concerns Rise: Chinese Auto Sales Lower

Middle East, North Africa Concerns Rise: Chinese Auto Sales Lower: The crisis in the Middle East and North Africa has added more concerns abot the effects of oil on the U.S. economy short term.  The Nasdaq has been weak and we are looking to see if tech stocks will rebound although they have gained more[…]

China Raises Interest Rates -Again:

China Raises Interest Rates -Again: China’s central bank is trying to slow inflation and economic growth.  The People’s Bank of China announced today (Feb 8. 2011) that interest rates would rise again by a quarter percentage point. This is the second increase in interest rates in a month by the world’s second largest economy and[…]

Bernanke Holds, Egypt Slips

Bernanke Holds On QE2: Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke today and assured markets that he would not budge on QE2.  Markets are waiting for the employment report that will be released tomorrow but stocks held steady to gains today.  The initial jobs report will remain in a mixed positive trend and we would[…]

Egypt Crisis: Inflation vs. Demand

Egypt Crisis: Inflation vs. Demand: Markets React Favorably To News Coverage/Headline Risk: The U.S. markets were firm today despite days of headline risk regarding North Africa.  The Egyptian crisis that is currently making headlines has caused some commodity prices to rise in price but small cap stocks and technology rose in late trading today.  Investors,[…]

Jan 14 Reports: Industrial Production, Retail Sales & Consumer Prices Rise

Jan 14 Reports: Industrial Production, Retail Sales & Consumer Prices Rise: U.S. Industrial Production Rises In December. Industrial production rose in December to five month highs providing more evidence that the economy is growing and businesses are producing more. The Federal Reserve reported today, overall industrial production rose 0.8 percent in December.  Industrial production rose[…]